Sexuality and Health
Sexual risk behavior can lead to a host of negative public health outcomes including HIV, sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), unintended pregnancies, and sexual violence. The Social and Behavioral Sciences faculty focuses on understanding health disparities in HIV, STDs, and unintended pregnancies for vulnerable populations including adolescents (Kershaw, Ickovics), men who have sex with men (Pachankis, Kershaw), racial minorities (Ickovics, Kershaw, Lowe, Pachankis, Ransome), pregnant women (Kershaw, Ickovics), and women and children from developing countries (Miller). We explore interpersonal (Kershaw, Lowe), community (Lowe, Pachankis, Ransome), organizational (Ickovics), and structural/policy (Miller) influences on sexuality and health. We have developed innovative and effective sexual health interventions in health care settings (Ickovics, Kershaw) using bio-behavioral approaches and social technologies (Pachankis, Kershaw). The Social and Behavioral Sciences faculty partners with organizations such as the Center for Interdisciplinary Research on AIDS to conduct research that significantly improves the health and well-being of our communities locally and globally.